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State AG: DOMA Ruling Doesn't Affect Georgia Law
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The Supreme Court handed down two significant decisions pertaining to same-sex marriage Wednesday morning. Neither will affect Georgia law, according to a statement by the state attorney general.

First, the court declared unconstitutional the definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act because unions recognized as legal by a state must be protected by federal law.

In reference to the DOMA ruling, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wrote, "The definition of marriage adopted by Georgia's voters is unaffected by today's decision."

The second decision by the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California by refusing to rule on Proposition 8.

That is not believed to affect any other states than California.

Olens' full statement:

"Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held 5-4 that Congress violated equal protection when it defined marriage for federal purposes differently from the way the State of New York defined it. I disagree with the Court's decision. But it is important to understand what the decision does and does not mean.

"Today's decision rests on the basic assumption - with which I strongly agree - that the power to define marriage is a power traditionally reserved to the States. The decision does not affect existing state definitions of marriage; in fact, it explicitly says that it is limited to marriages recognized by states as lawful. I agree with the Chief Justice that this limitation means what it says. The definition of marriage adopted by Georgia's voters is unaffected by today's decision."

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